Lenten Devotion for April 13, 2019

Luke 22:14–15 (NRSV)14 When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. 15 He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; Palm Sunday begins with a high and joyous scene and typically the worship ends with a reminder of what lies ahead for Jesus and his followers…death…on a cross.It appears from the above passage that Jesus had been anticipating this meal for a while. What could he possibly have been ‘eager’ about?  Maybe he wanted one more time with his friends before everything changes? … Continue reading Lenten Devotion for April 13, 2019

Lent Devotion for April 12, 2019

Philippians 2:5–11 (NRSV) 5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited,7 but emptied himself,taking the form of a slave,being born in human likeness.And being found in human form,8 he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross.9 Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name,10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth … Continue reading Lent Devotion for April 12, 2019

Lent Devotion for April 11, 2019

Psalm 118:1–4 (NRSV) 1 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;his steadfast love endures forever!2 Let Israel say,“His steadfast love endures forever.”3 Let the house of Aaron say,“His steadfast love endures forever.”4 Let those who fear the Lord say,“His steadfast love endures forever.” This psalm starts with a call and response.  Give thanks…his steadfast love endures forever. Let Aaron say…his steadfast love endures forever. Let Israel say…his steadfast love endures forever. Let all say…his steadfast love endures forever. Repetition is a tool that Bible authors used to convey their points memorably.  This psalm quickly drills down to … Continue reading Lent Devotion for April 11, 2019

Lent Devotion for April 10, 2019

Luke 19:11–13 (NRSV) As they were listening to this, he went on to tell a parable, because he was near Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. 12 So he said, “A nobleman went to a distant country to get royal power for himself and then return. 13 He summoned ten of his slaves, and gave them ten pounds, and said to them, ‘Do business with these until I come back.’ I believe the key to understanding a particular passage is sometimes found in the scene(s) immediately preceding and following. This is called … Continue reading Lent Devotion for April 10, 2019

Lenten Devotion for April 8, 2019

Psalm 118:19–29 (NRSV) 19 Open to me the gates of righteousness,that I may enter through themand give thanks to the Lord. 20 This is the gate of the Lord;the righteous shall enter through it. 21 I thank you that you have answered meand have become my salvation. 22 The stone that the builders rejectedhas become the chief cornerstone. 23 This is the Lord’s doing;it is marvelous in our eyes. 24 This is the day that the Lord has made;let us rejoice and be glad in it. 25 Save us, we beseech you, O Lord!O Lord, we beseech you, give us … Continue reading Lenten Devotion for April 8, 2019

Lenten Devotion for April 6, 2019

Philippians 3:4–14 (NRSV) 4 If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.7 Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. 8 More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For … Continue reading Lenten Devotion for April 6, 2019

Lenten Devotion for April 2, 2019

Isaiah 43:16–21 (NRSV) 19 I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. 20 The wild animals will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches; for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, 21 the people whom I formed for myself so that they might declare my praise. The highest form of purpose in life is to declare God’s praise. The prophet tells us that this is why God … Continue reading Lenten Devotion for April 2, 2019